China · Jewels of the Royal World

Jewel Journeys – Empress Cixi’s Pearl Cape

This Empress Cixi information was supposed to be one post but between her complicated reign and her amazing pearl cape, there was simply just too much to talk about. The pearl cape gets its own post because it's quite a creation. The Empress was photographed in the early 1900s with Sarah Pike Conger, the American… Continue reading Jewel Journeys – Empress Cixi’s Pearl Cape

China · Pocket Profiles

Pocket Profile – The East and West Empress Dowagers

Conniving, coups, and two women who survived to rule one enormous male-dominated country. Intrigued? Xianfeng Era In early 1850, Xianfeng Emperor of the Qing dynasty in China came to the throne. It was customary that the young Emperor would maintain a harem of wives. He would also need a primary consort, as his previous consort… Continue reading Pocket Profile – The East and West Empress Dowagers